Dec. 11 Gathering: Have Yourself A Subversive Little Christmas

How many of us will tell the real story of Christmas this year? Not the one with the pastoral imagery of white-washed Nativities, but the one about the unlikely delivery of a child to an unwed couple in a filthy stable in a backwater town in a two-bit corner of the Roman empire?

Oct. 16 Gathering: “The Dreams You Encourage Them to Have”

What might it look like for us to seek the best for our political opponents? How can we imagine prospering under leadership we so deeply disrespect?

Dec. 6 Gathering: Reading the Bible through the lens of oppression

Does the 21st Century American church read the bible through the lens of the heroes or the victims? How might our understanding of the world change if we chose the right perspective?

March 8 Gathering: Open Forum

It’s Open Forum week at New Wineskins! Our March 8 gathering will be open to whatever topics you’d like to discuss. So what’s on your mind? What questions are you struggling to answer? What issues need deeper conversation? Where do you need hope? Where do you see hope happening? As always, the only ground ruleContinue reading “March 8 Gathering: Open Forum”

Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?

As Americans, we enjoy the idea that we have broad guarantees to wide-ranging personal freedoms. In fact, there’s little we can imagine doing that we can’t do. Our individual rights are deeply ingrained in our psyches and our culture. But is it possible that our very freedoms are actually enslaving us? Is a social ethicContinue reading “Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?”

January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus

A generation ago, only a very few people might have suggested that there might be a difference between being a follower of the Christian religion and being a follower of Jesus himself. But today, it’s one of the central questions of our faith, and perhaps one of the most divisive. It’s been two years since spoken wordContinue reading “January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus”